Growing up, I developed a passion for comedians who could bring joy to people's faces and help them forget their worries. Watching the likes of Phyllis Diller, Gracie Allen, Moms Mabley, Bill Cosby, and the early Joan Rivers and Roseanne Barr inspired me to pursue a career in standup comedy.
I found that my personal pet peeves and life struggles provided a wealth of comedic material to draw upon. Over the years, I have had opportunities to perform comedy in various roles on Broadway and in many Broadway show tours. However, I had not yet taken the plunge into standup comedy in New York City clubs until 2014. To my delight, I discovered that I had a real knack for it, and the audience seemed to agree.
However, I soon learned about the so-called "bringers" that many clubs require. In order to secure a mere five minutes of stage time, I would have to invite a certain number of paying guests who would be required to cover a drink minimum and a cover charge. As time went on, I grew increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of constantly asking my friends and acquaintances to spend their money so that I could perform for free.
Despite these challenges, I have not given up on my dream of pursuing standup comedy. It is merely on pause for the time being, as I continue to explore new avenues for honing my craft and building an audience.